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Gov. Terry Branstad to speak at Palmer College graduation Oct. 21

10/18/2011 (Archived)

Palmer College of Chiropractic will hold commencement ceremonies at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, in Vickie Anne Palmer Hall auditorium, 7th and Brady streets, Davenport. There will be 120 graduates receiving Doctor of Chiropractic degrees; four receiving Master of Science in Clinical Research degrees; two receiving Master of Science in Anatomy degrees; 27 receiving Bachelor of Science degrees (20 in conjunction with a D.C. degree); and two receiving Associate of Science in Chiropractic Technology degrees. They hail from 28 U.S. states as well as Canada, England, France, Hungary, Iceland and Norway. 

The commencement speaker will be Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. Governor Branstad has a long history of government service to Iowa. A native of Leland, Iowa, he was elected to the Iowa House in 1972, 1974 and 1976, and elected as Iowa’s lieutenant governor in 1978. Gov. Branstad was Iowa’s longest-serving governor from 1983 to 1999. Following his four terms as governor, he went on to serve as president of Des Moines University (DMU), an osteopathic medical college.

In October 2009 he retired from DMU to explore running for governor in 2010. In June 2010 he won the Republican primary and named state senator Kim Reynolds as his running mate. They were elected as Iowa’s governor and lieutenant governor on November 2, 2010, and sworn into office on January 14, 2011.

“We are extremely pleased and honored to have Governor Branstad visit our campus and address our graduates and their families as our commencement speaker,” said Palmer Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D. “He has a deep interest in both education and healthcare, as evidenced by his world-class education blueprint and Iowa Healthiest State initiative. We’re looking forward to hearing his message and sharing information with him about Palmer’s important contribution to chiropractic education and health care.”

Palmer College of Chiropractic was founded in 1897 by the discoverer of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, in Davenport, Iowa. Approximately 2,200 students attend Palmer College campuses in Davenport, San Jose, Calif., and Port Orange, Fla. There are more than 26,000 Palmer alumni, who make up more than one third of the approximately 75,000 chiropractors currently in practice worldwide. Palmer’s Doctor of Chiropractic curriculum is a five-academic-year program that is typically completed in three-and-one-third calendar years.